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Former Bronx substitute teacher’s assistant charged with raping victim under age 15

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BRONX (PIX11) -- A New York City Department of Education employee was arrested after police say she raped a victim under the age of 15.

According to the NYPD, 29-year-old Maria Contreras was arrested on Saturday.

Contreras has been charged with six counts of rape with a victim under age 15 and two counts of criminal sexual act with a victim under the age of 15.

Contreras was a paraprofessional, also known as a teaching assistant, at the Bronx Academy of Letters. There are no details on if the victim was a student at the school or if more than one was involved.

According to Department of Education spokesperson Devora Kaye, "These allegations are incredibly disturbing. Ms. Contreras has been removed from her position and will no longer be employed by the DOE. We are working with NYPD on their investigation."